Prairie Inspiration, Pam Buda Style

When it comes to American prairie life and the unique inspiration it brings to today’s quilters, no one does better than Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts, as her ever-growing legion of followers will agree!  Pam recently shared what’s new in her studio, with the release of her latest collection, ANTIQUE COTTON CALICOS: Old Green Calicos:

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Of course, Pam herself describes her look best:  “Prairie life always inspires me, and when the early settlers sought to homestead, receiving a land parcel near water was, of course, a prize for many reasons.  Thinking those thoughts, and about the blue and green colors, a picture like this came to mind.  Can you see yourself in a comfy chair gazing at this scene?  I sure could.  The colors and serenity inspired the name for the quilt….Old Mill Pond.

Gorgeous, right??!! Read more from her recent blog post, including details of Pam’s special offer on the “Old Mill Pond” kit , now through January 29!   You can also visit your favorite local quilt shops for Old Green Calicos – it’s arriving in stores NOW!

Shipping Now… MOSTLY MANOR!

The wait is over …MostlyManorPRECUTS

MOSTLY MANOR, Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s debut collection for Studio 37 Fabrics, arrives in quilt shops this month, and if you’ve loved it online, just wait ’til you see these gorgeous, vibrant, mixable prints in person!  It’s the perfect start to a creative 2016 : )

View the entire collection, available by the Yard, in FQ Bundles, and 10″x10″ Squares.   

And be sure to check out Victoria’s events as well as  the Marcus / Studio37 booth at QuiltCon next month in sunny Pasadena, CA! Details to follow…

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BELIEVE!

BelieveAs will happen daily when you work in NYC, you can come across life-altering inspirations just crossing the street!  Stephanie snapped this pic while passing Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street, which set into motion a discussion of what we “believe” in, holiday inspired or otherwise:

  • Indra: “I believe in World Peace”
  • Mechelle:  “I believe in the power of forgiveness…and red velvet cupcakes  ; )”
  • Laura: I believe I may finally learn how to quilt now that my youngest daughter is off to college next year”
  • Lisa: “I believe in yoga, green tea, and a sewing machine in every home”
  • Stephanie: “After a girls’ high school reunion trip I believe in the power of friendship “
  • Beverly (not pictured): “I Believe that Jesus Christ is the reason for this Christmas season”
  • Pati (not pictured): “I believe in focusing on the positive since the negative will only bring you down”
  • Faye (not pictured): “I believe in GOD”
  • Brandy (not pictured): “I believe the sky is blue, and it rains in May”
  • Regina (not pictured): “I believe the most important thing in life is family and friends and fortunately I have the best of both!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

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Feeling inspired?  Share with us…  Whatever you Believe in, all of us at Marcus wish you the very best this holiday season, and in the New Year!

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Christmas at Rockefeller Center!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!  

The famous Christmas tree at “30 Rock” is all aglow, and we enjoyed the air of merriment…with the sea of selfie sticks jockeying for the best position, and unseasonably high NYC temps in the 60s  ; )

ICYMI (in case you missed it) we snapped a few pix…Laura and I agreed that we always expect the tree to be really gigantic — maybe it actually used to be bigger and we’re just dating ourselves — but I was still impressed with how the lights were positioned throughout, even inserted deep into the tree, all the way in toward the trunk.

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Read more about the Rock Center Tree Lighting tradition…     #rockcenterxmas

Choose Your Favorite Primo Batiks BOM for 2016!

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Whichever one you choose, you will LOVE the fact that these BOM programs are created with 36 different 10″ x 10″ PRE-CUTS!  And Sarah Maxwell’s detailed design is equally dramatic in neutral tones (RIVER ROCK batiks) or bold brights (RADIANT REFLECTIONS batiks). We thought that this particular photo by Sue Loring of The Quilted Crow in Bolton, MA was particularly striking – thanks, Sue!  These were recently featured at the shop for the grand opening of its new location.

Look for these block-of-the-month programs at your local quilt shops beginning January, and you can have your own completed masterpeice in just 9 months!

Finished Quilt Size approx. 78″ x 85″

River Rock participating shops       Radiant Reflections participating shops

Pantone’s Color(s) of the Year for 2016…

PantoneColors 2016For the first time, Pantone has blended TWO hues as their Color of the Year, making 2016 the Year of Rose Quartz (13-1520)  and Serenity (15-3919)

As Pantone explains it:  “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent.”

What do you think of this year’s double-pick?  Does it fit into your quilting & PinkBlueNancysewing plans?  Will you wear these Colors of the Year?  Decorate with them? (Personally, I’m sticking with MARSALA from 2015, which is included in the lineup of coordinates for this year’s choice.) 

See how Pantone is pairing up the colors with other hues.  Then check out ON PLUMBERRY LANE by Nancy Rink…

Feeling calmer already, aren’t you?    — lisa

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APQ Loves INTRIGUE!

APQ-IntriqugQuiltFeb16On newsstands now!  American Patchwork & Quilting’s February 2016 issue includes the teal version of Nancy Rink’s INTRIGUE collection.  It’s the featured color option for Kay Wright-Handy’s “Plum Perfect” quilt design, made by APQ quilt tester Laura Boehnke.

 

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IntrigueCOMPNancy’s cheerful INTRIGUE motifs also come in a red/fuschia colorway  — whichever color you prefer, start by grabbing  the free pattern from APQ!

 

Based on a project designed by Kay Wright-Handy. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Let’s Meet at QuiltCon!

We’re thrilled to return to QuiltCon as a sponsor in February 2016, and right now, we’re putting a few finishing touches on some amazing Studio 37 Fabrics events and promotions! Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting  show of its kind, and its popularity grows each year.

Victoria&QuiltThis time, it takes place in sunny Pasadena, CA, and highlights include two workshops and a lecture by sewlebrity designer Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  You’re sure to find Victoria’s new collection, MOSTLY MANOR and your other favorite Studio 37 collections among the QuiltCon vendors, too!

Are YOU planning to attend?  Stay tuned for more details…

Make Up a Bowlful of Wool Acorns!

WoolAcornsCUYou’ll love to display Laura Bosma’s adorable little Wool Acorns by the bowlful, a perfect accent for any harvest table setting. Choose your favorite WOOL COLLECTION colors and start to play. But be warned – they’re pretty addictive  ; )

Speaking of acorns, in NJ this year I’ve seen LOTS of acorns on the ground, but if you aren’t so lucky, you can purchase them from your local craft shop.   DOWNLOAD the project now.  Enjoy!  — lisa

Marcus Fabrics Wool Acorns

To see more of Laura’s work, visit Laura’s blog, Pretty Penny Precuts, and follow Pretty Penny Precuts on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

 


Holiday Door Decor, by Miriam Rawson!

Marcus Holiday WreathWho’s looking for simple yet elegant holiday decorating projects?  Look no further than Miriam Rawson’s holiday wreath design – it’s easy to imagine it in country and city settings alike, highlighted by strips of PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS and select colors from our WOOL COLLECTION.

It goes together quickly, so take Miriam’s suggestion and make several, for your own home as well as treasured gifts.  You can even change the fabric colors to suit any room palette, season, occasion, or even a recipient’s favorite colors (imagine it in shades of cream and gold for a wedding, or lighter colors for a springtime door accent…) —  Download the project now!  And check out Miriam’s blog for more great ideas  ; )WreathCU